Quote:Hi All,I've always read great reviews about the TSP, and it just so happens that I will be in Oklahoma (not too far away) on business around the time of it this year. Having never been to a star party outside of my small upstate New York club, I was wondering what the etiquette was regarding astronomers who can't bring telescopes. I have a nice dob at home, but unfortunately the biggest thing that can make the trip with me are my binoculars. Are the "big dob" owners at TSP generally willing to let you take a peek every once in awhile? I have heard that people mill around generally for the first part of the night and then settle in with their own scopes later, so I'm just wondering what transpires. Any experiences would be most welcome.Thanks,Walter
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Quote:The best way to think of how close or far something is in these parts is simply calculate the miles and translate that into travel time. That might seem obvious but I found that having been a lifelong Texas resident driving in areas east of the Mississippi was confusing. People thought of distances in terms of miles whereas I was used to thinking of distance in terms of hours. The travel procedure I was used to was to get on the right highway and start driving, then after a good while look at a mileage sign and start calculating how much longer. But while driving in the east, on several occasions I had to backtrack to find the state I had driven completely through without knowing it. Everything was so close together.
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Quote:I hope to, Jim. I have to find a small cargo trailer for it. The search is ongoing......Otherwise, the 8" TEC will be going.....Dave
Quote:FYI. If this is your first year and you have not visited the Radio Telescope that is just east of the Prude Ranch, you should go visit it. It is one of the observatories/facilities that could be slated for closure with the coming budgets that have been proposed via NSF/NOAO/NRAO etc.You get to it by taking the road on the east side of the ranch... Sproul Rd. I made it up to th dish with my Prius back in 2011. I missed the workers but they have given free tours if you can catch them.
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Quote:I have always done mostly imaging with only some casual viewing. Well this year since I will be bringing my new starmaster I want to try some real observing, with a plan. I will still image, and once they are set up and running I will have a several hours in between objects to work with the dob.
So having never worked with a plan, can someone suggest a good way to start? I do have Sky Commander and ServoCat so I suppose that is sort of cheating but.....love my gadgets
I plan to set up in the upper field for the first time so will be around more visual obserers than we normally had in the lower field.